Wisconsin has the potential to be a leader in renewable fuels, but recent setbacks in biomass development in Madison along with regulations that slow down development of renewable energy only reinforce our dependency on oil.
In ‘Tapping Into Wisconsin’s Energy Potential Should Be Bipartisan Goal,’ Tom Still discusses how recent events could make Wisconsin lose momentum in developing energy technologies:
“Gov. Scott Walker introduced regulations that would make it harder to build wind-power projects in some parts of Wisconsin and he canceled plans to convert a UW-Madison power plant from coal to biomass.”
Wisconsin has the potential to support many forms of renewable energy – wind energy, biomass such as switchgrass, biofuels such as ethanol, and as Still points out:
“[ … ] New engine technologies, advancements in nuclear fission and fusion research, energy storage and solar power. Through the state’s engineering colleges and other centers such as the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, work continues on a mix of technologies that will position Wisconsin for the years and decades ahead. “
If Wisconsin is to retain its position as a state with the potential to be a leader in renewable energy, we can not afford to lose momentum.Permalink + Share This